Pollen, a vital food source for the beehive!
The name "pollen" comes from the Greek word pale meaning "fine dust". Pollen is in fact made up of tiny particles; in higher plants, it corresponds to the flower's male fertilising agent. A pollen is specific to a plant group and in some cases even a species; this can be identified by observing its pollen. Generally speaking, there are two types of pollen: "anemophilous" which means carried by the wind, as happens in the case of grasses, conifers, etc., and "entomophilous" pollen which is propagated by means of insects and serves as a food source particularly for bees. Pollen is present, in very small quantities, in royal jelly and honey. Protein is a major component of pollen (30 to 35 %).